Moore says there is too much disparity for a debate

November 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore told reporters that there is too much disparity between he and his opponent and between the two parties for there to be a debate.

Moore said, “There’s a great disparity between the two parties’ positions, between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.  Not only on social issues, such as the acknowledgment of God, we need to have God back in our platforms, but also because there’s a great disparity in fiscal issues, Obamacare for example. I’m for repealing Obamacare, but also repealing the McCarran-Ferguson Act to allow the free enterprise system to take the place of the government-controlled health care system. My opponent is for increase of Obamacare and increase of government control. There’s great disparity.”

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Gov. Kay Ivey’s approval rating holds steady six months into term

November 1, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey’s approval rating is holding high and steady as she finishes out her sixth month since taking office.

In a new Morning Consult poll conducted from July 1 to Sept. 30, 62 percent of those polled said they approved of the job Ivey is doing as governor, down only three points since the last poll was released in July. Her disapproval rating dropped 1 percentage point from 13 percent disapproval to 12 percent disapproval.

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Shelby supports Trump’s opioid policy

October 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., announced that he supports President Donald Trump’s declaration of a public health emergency in regard to opioid addiction:

“I applaud the President and his Administration on their efforts to end the opioid epidemic,” Sen. Shelby said. “This is a real emergency, and it affects just about every community in our country. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and I have been working on our Appropriations Subcommittee to make sure that both law enforcement and the Justice Department have the tools they need to fight this epidemic. It is going to take a massive effort, and I fully support President Trump’s attention to this matter.”

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Ted Cruz endorses Judge Roy Moore for US Senate

October 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced that he has endorsed Republican candidate Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate.

Cruz said in a statement that he needed more principled conservatives like Moore as allies in Washington.

“This December, the People of Alabama have a clear choice,” Cruz said. “They can choose a liberal Democrat, who will stand with Chuck Schumer to raise taxes, weaken our military, open our border, and undermine our constitutional rights. Or, they can choose to elect Judge Roy Moore, a conservative who will proudly defend Alabama values.”

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Gerald Dial announces run for Agriculture and Industries Commissioner

October 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama state Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

Dial said that his campaign is focused on creating jobs in the state – whether it be agriculture, professional services or anything in between.

“I have a reputation of rocking the boat, stepping on the status quo,” Dials said. “We need someone to carry on Commissioner McMillan’s legacy, who will stand up for Alabama farmers and continue to bring more jobs to our great state.”

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Are you embarrassed?

September 28, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The jubilation felt among hardcore conservatives over Judge Roy Moore’s win in the Republican primary runoff Tuesday night also brought recrimination from the Democratic left and the sophisticated right.

After Moore’s triumph, the wife of a top White House official wrote on social media, “For the first time in my life, I have to say, I’m embarrassed to say I’m from Alabama.”

Moore’s Democrat rival Doug Jones on the same night took to social media to announce, “After years of embarrassing headlines about the top public officials in this state, this race is about the people of Alabama and about choosing a candidate with character and integrity they can be proud of. I will never embarrass the people of Alabama.”

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Runoff Analysis: Strange carried Birmingham, Huntsville; Moore took everywhere else

September 27, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

As the results poured in Tuesday night, one thing was perfectly clear: former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore would win by a considerable margin.

Moore’s opponent, Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.; won four counties in Alabama compared to Moore’s 63. In August, Strange carried five counties and Moore carried 60.

The two were facing each other in a Republican runoff after neither received more than 50 percent of the vote in the August party primaries.

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Moore supporter says, “If Strange wins thank Trump if he loses thank God”

September 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

After President Donald J. Trump’s speech in Huntsville Friday night, it is tempting to feel sorry for the state’s appointed junior U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, but as it turns out, it was a fleeting bit of nausea.

If Strange wins, he can thank President Trump. If he loses, he has himself to blame.

Four lines in the president’s nearly 90-minute talk should leave Strange and his supporters wondering why they even held the rally.

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Gerald Dial’s possible retirement could be a catastrophe for public education in Alabama

August 31, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There is an impending catastrophe for public education in Alabama.

Sen. Gerald Dial is considering not running for re-election and running for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner instead.

I know that sounds odd.

First, it’s odd that the resignation of any one state lawmaker could be a catastrophe. And second, it’s odd that I would believe a Republican’s resignation could have such a devastating effect.

That should tell you how serious this is.

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Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh will seek re-election

August 10, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama’s most powerful State senator will seek re-election to the Legislature’s upper chamber next year.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, will seek re-election to the Senate, he announced Wednesday. The move comes after he considered running for both the US Senate and for Governor.

“Since Republicans took over the Legislature, we have been able to pass many key pieces of legislation,” Marsh said. “However, the work is not done and if I am fortunate enough to be sent back to Montgomery by the people of Senate District 12, I look forward to continuing conservative policies that make government more efficient and accountable to the taxpayers.”

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